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pierceverb

uk   /pɪəs/  us   /pɪrs/
[I + adv/prep, T] to go into or through something, making a ​hole in it using a ​sharppoint: The ​needle pierces the ​fabric four ​times a second. I couldn't ​wear these ​earrings because my ​ears aren't pierced. The ​gunfires a ​shellcapable of piercing the ​armour of an ​enemytank. The ​hole they ​drilled pierces six ​kilometres into the earth's ​crust. [T] (of a ​light, ​sound, etc.) to ​suddenly be ​seen or ​heard, ​despitedarkness, ​noise, etc.: A few ​rays of ​sunlight pierced the ​smoke.
(Definition of pierce from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pierceverb [T]

 us   /pɪərs/
to go in or through something, esp. with a ​pointedobject, making a ​hole: Pierce the ​potatoes with a ​fork to ​see if they’re done. She got her ​ears pierced.
(Definition of pierce from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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